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Nurses receive scholarships in memory of Moville baby 20.03.17

TWO student nurses specialising in child palliative care have received scholarships in memory of an Inishowen baby who died of a rare and terminal illness.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway recently hosted the inaugural launch of ‘The Victoria Thompson Scholarships’.
Comedian and TV presenter Tommy Tiernan presented the first two proud recipients - Anne Browne and Aisling Devitt - with their €1,000 scholarship cheques.
Pictured from left, Brian Thompson, Anne Browne, Tommy Tiernan, Aisling Devitt and Sharon Thompson at the presentation of the first Victoria Thompson Scholarships to both nurses who are studying for a Masters in Children’s Palliative and Complex Care at NUI Galway.
The two nurses are undertaking a postgraduate Masters degree in Health Sciences specialising in children’s palliative and complex care at NUIG.
Baby Victoria, from Moville, died aged nine months in 2012 of a severely painful disease that left her nerve endings uninsulated.
The new scholarship programme has been set up and is overseen by her parents Sharon and Brian Thompson.
“When we were told Victoria’s condition was rare and terminal, we found it difficult to find specialised nursing care for her," said Sharon."In her memory we highlight the need for rural palliative care services for children. Families should automatically get access to options of care for a child with complex or palliative medical needs. Skilled nurses and this new course at NUI Galway are key to this happening for children all over the country.”
Victoria pictured with mum Sharon and dad Brian.
Ms Devitt added: “It can be difficult to work with children and families in such tough circumstances and the more education we have about palliative and complex care can only help us to become better practitioners.
"It is also an honour to receive the Victoria Thompson Scholarship and I am delighted to be able to put it towards the second year of the programme this September.”
Applications for the second intake of the NUIG programme are being accepted from Spring 2017 at: www.nuigalway.ie .
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